Through the years, MSI has launched some amazingly small PCs, together with a game-ready Mac Professional competitor and a VR-ready backpack PC. Nonetheless, even amongst all of those achievements, the MSI Trident three stands out as MSI’s sleekest gaming PC thus far.

Marketed as a console-killer, the MSI Trident three is in regards to the dimension of an Xbox One S however packs a ton extra energy than even the PS4 Pro. That is due to its desktop Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics. It’s a tantalizing bundle – and at an inexpensive value, too – which makes the Trident three one of many best gaming PCs to have in your lounge. 

Spec sheet

Right here is the MSI Trident three Arctic configuration despatched to TechSwitch for evaluate:

CPU: three.6GHz Intel Core i7-7700 (quad-core, 8MB cache, as much as four.2GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5); Intel HD Graphics 630
Motherboard: MSI Proprietary (H110 chipset)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
Energy Provide: 330W energy adapter
Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
Ports (entrance): 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x USB-C three.1 Sort-C, 2 x USB-A three.1 (Gen 1), 1 x VR-Hyperlink HDMI
Ports (rear): 1 x USB-A three.1 (Gen 1), four x USB-A 2.zero, three x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort, 1x DVI, Ethernet, microphone jack, 1 x VR-Hyperlink (join entrance VR-Hyperlink and graphic card)
Connectivity: Intel Wi-fi-AC 3165 (802.11ac); Bluetooth four.2 SmartReady
Working system: Home windows 10
Weight: 6.9 kilos
Dimension: 13.63 x 2.83 x 9.15 inches (W x D x H)

Worth and availability

The MSI Trident three, within the configuration you see above runs for $1,599 (about £1,160, AU$2,040). This specific unit MSI despatched us is a limited-edition Arctic version of the Trident three, which comes with a particular white paint job and a Nvidia GTX 1070 you’ll solely discover on this mannequin. 

Consumers can decide up the usual black model of the Trident three with the identical processor and different specs, however it solely maxes out with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics at $1,099 (£1,099, about AU$1,450).

Regardless, it’s nonetheless far and above extra reasonably priced than comparable compact gaming PCs in the marketplace. The same Corsair One mannequin begins at $1,799 (£1,799, AU$2,639) with almost an identical specs, save for a 16GB smaller SSD and liquid-cooling resolution for the processor.

In the meantime, the Zotac Magnus EN1080 is one other restricted version run compact gaming PC that retails for $1,999 (£1,999, AU$three,849). And that value doesn’t even account for the storage and reminiscence you’ll must buy individually for this largely barebones bundle. 

Design

Perhaps it’s the attractive white design or the silver base, however the MSI Trident three Arctic seems to be just like the Nintendo Wii’s greater, extra hardcore brother. Not that we’re complaining. The compact PC is aesthetically pleasing with a design that efficiently toes the road between futuristic and trendy with out being too garish.

Fortuitously, MSI has saved the RGB lighting tasteful slightly than going overboard like another producers. You’ll solely discover one tasteful lighting component on a nook within the form of, properly, a trident to maintain according to the PC’s namesake. We additionally love the prismatic model of the gaming desktop. All of the uneven angles helped preserve the Trident three from changing into simply one other boring field.

Talking of dimension, the Trident three is without doubt one of the smallest gaming PCs we’ve reviewed. Measuring in at 13.63 x 2.83 x 9.15 inches, it gained’t stick out like a sore thumb from the remainder of your property leisure setup. We are able to’t say the identical for the Corsair One, which seems to be like a contemporary fridge pack of soda, or the flamboyant Asus ROG GR8 II.

Upgradability and efficiency

Sick model is one factor, however what MSI has completed with the inner format inside the Trident three is much more spectacular. You get a full-fledged desktop processor and graphics card right here – regardless of the desktop’s extraordinarily compact dimension.

Even additional, the Trident three’s simple format makes it simple sufficient to exchange many of the elements together with the GPU, reminiscence, storage drives – principally all the things however the processor.

The one disadvantage that we will consider is that the ability provide is principally the fats brick you get with any of MSI’s gaming laptops. It’s an annoying commerce off that comes with the compact nature of mini-desktops like this and the Acer Predator G1. This non-upgradeable 330W capability PSU additionally makes it tough to actually overclock the system, and also you’ll need to pay specific consideration to the ability draw of the components you are itching to exchange.

Whether or not these are precise issues to the console gaming viewers this gaming PC goals to serve will rely on the person consumer. Most Trident three customers might be proud of a system that simply works out of the field and may play video games at high-to-ultra high quality settings. 

Benchmarks

Right here’s how the MSI Trident three Arctic carried out in :

3DMark: Sky Diver: 33,467; Hearth Strike: 14,861; Time Spy: 5,706
Cinebench CPU: 873 factors; Graphics: 138.24 fps
GeekBench: 5,059 (single-core); 16,748 (multi-core)
PCMark eight (Dwelling Take a look at): four,039 factors
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (1080p, Extremely): 16 fps; (1080p, Low): 123 fps
GTA V (1080p, Extremely): 58 fps; (1080p, Low): 177 fps 

Whatever the omission of the higher-end Nvidia GTX 1080, present in  the Corsair One and Zotac Magnus EN1080, the MSI Trident three nonetheless manages to all however sustain with its rivals. The compact gaming desktop delivers a playable expertise throughout a number of titles, together with GTA V and Mass Impact Andromeda, with Extremely-quality settings. The Trident additionally produced almost an identical outcomes because the equally-equipped (and bigger) MSI Aegis 3.

What’s much more spectacular, is that the Trident three stays almost silent and funky even whereas beneath full load. Fan noise is sort of inaudible even whereas sitting inside a foot and a half of the PC. Customers ought to have the ability to introduce this silent gaming PC into their dwelling leisure setup with out worry of including undesirable noise to their gaming and film audio.

Ultimate verdict

The MSI Trident three is a good-looking and compact gaming PC we might gladly add to our dwelling leisure setup. Between the styling of the case and its dimension, MSI’s mini desktop isn’t all that totally different than an or . It’s not probably the most highly effective desktop rig on the earth, however it’s acquired greater than sufficient gusto to play video games at larger graphics settings than the PS4 Professional can push.

The notebook-style energy provide limits the upgradability of this method, however with what comes within the field, you may go far with gaming at Extremely high quality. Probably the most pleasant factor in regards to the Trident three is how cool and silently it runs. That is by far among the best gaming PCs you may have sit alongside your TV or on a small laptop desk. 

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